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Eric Peterson, Published January 18 2012

Sorensen’s 20 points key hoops win for Concordia women

MOORHEAD – Tricia Sorensen didn’t make a conscious effort to be more assertive midway through the second half Wednesday at Memorial Auditorium.

It just looked that way.

Sorensen scored eight consecutive points during one stretch. That scoring burst helped spark Concordia to a 64-52 victory against Macalester in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

“You just get intense and you get in the flow and you’re just not thinking about things,” Sorensen said. “When you get that energy, your shot starts falling.”

The Cobbers (9-6, 7-5 MIAC) snapped a two-game losing streak. Sorensen finished with a season-high 20 points, making 9 of 15 shots from the field. The

5-foot-11 junior also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

“She played with a lot of confidence, which is what we need her to do,” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said.

The Cobbers led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Scots countered with the next 15 points. Macalester scored the final eight points of the first half and the first seven in the second half. Macalester took a 28-25 lead after guard Jessica Rene sank a 3-pointer from the left wing with 17 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the second half.

That’s when Sorensen started to heat up. She scored five consecutive points to push the Cobbers back into the lead and start a 26-9 Concordia run. Near the end of that surge, Sorensen scored eight straight points.

“Her spark was a big part of that turnaround for us,” Rahman said.

An Alley Fisher free throw staked the Cobbers to a 51-37 lead with 9:31 remaining.

“We came out hard and intense and then we kind of had a little stretch where we lost our energy,” Sorensen said. “We always try to go a full 40 minutes of intensity.”

The Cobbers are coming off back-to-back losses against St. Thomas and Gustavus, the top two teams in the MIAC.

Concordia was playing in its first game without freshman guard Katelyn Holland, who had a knee injury Monday’s loss at Gustavus. Holland, who came off the bench, is likely out for the season.

Rahman liked the way her team bounced back after losses to the Tommies and Gusties.

“I think we responded very well by keeping our composure and poise,” Rahman said. “We just had to bring the energy and get after it.”

MACALESTER (6-9, 4-8 MIAC): Schiedermayer 4-11 6-8 14, Jones 3-9 0-0 6, S. Rene 2-9 0-0 6, J. Rene 5-14 0-0 14, Wood 3-8 0-0 7, Leyden 0-3 0-0 0, Whitehead 1-1 0-0 2, Pike 1-2 0-0 3, Ward 0-0 0-0 0, Medinger 0-0 0-0 0, Keller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-58 6-8 52.

CONCORDIA (9-6, 7-5): Sorensen 9-15 1-1 20, Lippert 6-10 0-1 12, Jossart 1-2 1-2 3, Vance 2-4 3-3 7, Thesing 5-13 0-0 10, Beseman 0-1 0-0 0, Rosedahl 0-1 0-0 0, Fisher 2-4 1-2 7, Benjamin 2-6 0-0 4, Walloch 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 27-56 7-11 64.

Half: CC 25, MC 21. 3-point goals: MC 8-20 (S. Rene 2-5, J. Rene 4-9, Wood 1-3, Leyden 0-1, Pike 1-2), CC 3-6 (Sorensen 1-1, Thesing 0-1, Rosedahl 0-1, Fisher 2-3). Total fouls: MC 10, CC 10. Rebounds: MC 32 (Schiedermayer 9), CC 38 (Sorensen 9). Assists: MC 15 (Schiedermayer 6), CC 14 (Vance 4, Thesing 4). Steals: MC 6 (Wood 2), CC 8 (three players with 2). Turnovers: MC 14 (five players with 2), CC 12 (Thesing 5).


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